Indiza is Nyanza Golf Club’s KCB Pro-Am champion

Long hitting Mumias golfer Dismas Indiza is the proud winner of the third leg of KCB Pro-Am Golf Tour that ended at par 70 Nyanza Golf Club in Kisumu yesterday.

Indiza fired two under par 70 in the fourth round for a total of 273(68, 66, 71, 68) gross which saw him crowned the leg’s champion yesterday afternoon.

Mumias based Dismaz Indiza tees-off at Nyanza Golf Club during the 2015 KCB Golf Tour.

Mumias based Dismaz Indiza tees-off at Nyanza Golf Club during the 2015 KCB Golf Tour.

Indiza was awarded Sh170, 000 for the feat from the total Sh1 million prize money that was on offer for the 12 players who made the cut on Wednesday.

This is the second time Indiza is emerging top in the series this season having won the opening leg at Nairobi Royal in February.

“I had a bad start in the leg on Tuesday. Things failed to work out. But I kept the faith and turned the leader board on the second day. I have not looked back since then,”Indiza noted with glee.

Indiza had four birdies in first nine (holes one, five, six and nine) and two (holes 11, 15) in the back nine. He was boosted with an Eagle in the tenth. Despite the win, Indiza blamed the rough greens for his misfiring in the putts.

Royal Nairobi golfer David Wakhu  emerged runners up with 277(74,65,69,69) gross to pocket Sh117,000.He was closely followed by Thika’s Simon Ngige who carded  279 gross after recording 69,69,70,71 in the four rounds that commence on Tuesday.

Ngige admitted he struggled with the greens following a wrist injury he incurred the other week.

“The greens were bumpy and course very dry. There was no easy ride on the dry fairways,” noted Ngige who pocketed Sh 102,000 for his third place position.

Day one leader Rizwan Charania of Windsor Hotel and Country Club ended the contest in fourth place with280 gross.

Windsor based Riz Charania tees off during the 2015 KCB Golf Tour at Nyanza Golf Club

Windsor based Riz Charania tees off during the 2015 KCB Golf Tour at Nyanza Golf Club

“I lacked great play  in the front nine  but was better in the back nine today (yesterday). I have not been playing serious golf since Kenya Open in April,” noted Charania, who had three birdies in the last five holes.

A golf clinic was held yesterday afternoon at the course ahead of the corporate amateur golf that tees off at the venue this morning.

The KCB Golf Tour series has so far been to Royal and Thika SC. The fourth round of the tour will be held at Nakuru Golf Club from July 7-19 at Nakuru Golf Club.

KCB Group sponsored the top four Pros of the KCB Pro-Am tour series to play in the South Africa’s Sunshine tour. Last year, the bank sponsored four Pros including  Indiza from Mumias Golf Club, Wangai from Sigona Golf Club, David Wakhu from Royal Nairobi Golf Club and David Odhiambo from Nyanza Golf Club.

The KCB Pro Am Nyanza Golf Tour final results

  1. Dismas Indiza                         273(68, 66, 71, 68)
  2. David Wakhu                          277(74, 65, 69, 69)
  3. Simon Ngugi                           279(69, 69, 70, 71)
  4. Rizwan Charania                    280(67, 73, 71, 69)
  5. Boniface Simwa                      283(69, 72, 72, 70)
  6. Erick Ooko                              286(76, 70, 73, 67)
  7. Brian Njoroge                         287(68, 74, 73, 72)
  8. Frank Matilo                           290(68, 72, 74, 76)
  9. Nelson Mudanyi                     291(72, 65, 79, 75)
  10. J.W. Karanja                          291(71, 70, 76, 74)
  11. David Opati                            295(71, 73, 73, 78)
  12. C.J .Wangai                           293(71, 70, 74, 78)

BRITAM brands Nyayo National Stadium

Diversified financial services group, British-American Investments Company Limited (Britam) has been granted exclusive rights to brand the Nyayo National Stadium in Nairobi for the next two years.

Under the KSh100 million deal with Sports Kenya, Britam has been granted the rights to brand the 32 year old facility. This includes: the main stadium, indoor arena, handball and volleyball courts, basketball court, VIP room, and the stadium’s aquatic area.

Britam will be allowed to advertise and display its products and services within the stadium and its premises; in addition to getting sales and marketing opportunities during local and International games and other events taking place in the stadium.

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Speaking at Nyayo National Stadium in Nairobi today during a media briefing to unveil the deal, the Cabinet Secretary for Sports Culture and the Arts Dr. Hassan Wario said that he was pleased to preside over the launch of the Branding and refurbishment of the Nyayo National Stadium – dubbed the Arena of Champions.

“This event is to unveil a collaborative achievement to improve sports and sports facilities in this country. Development of sports and the associated infrastructure is one of the key pillars of my ministry as envisaged in its mandate,” he added.

Dr. Wario said that his ministry had put in place policy guidelines that would facilitate and encourage all stakeholders from both   the public and the private sector to work together for the betterment of sports in the country.

Britam Director for Marketing and Corporate Affairs Muthoga Ngera noted that the strategic partnership with Sports Kenya would significantly support the development of sports in the country.

“We are very excited about this new opportunity. We are proud to be associated with Nyayo National Stadium, which remains an iconic facility in the country and the natural venue of choice for local and international sports tournaments as well as national celebrations and other high profile events,” he said.

He noted that Britam had identified sports marketing as one of its key strategic focus areas to grow and enhance the group’s brand visibility.

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On his part, Mr. Gabriel Komora, the acting Director General of Sports Kenya said:

“We are happy to welcome Britam on board. Corporate Kenya has a critical role to play in developing and enhancing sports facilities in the country. We are encouraged that Britam has taken up this challenge. It is through such strategic partnerships that Kenya will be able to inch closer to upgrading her sports facilities to international standards”.

Nyayo National Stadium, which will retain its name, remains under the maintenance and management of Sports Kenya.

Britam was awarded the sole branding rights after a competitive bidding process

About British-American Investments Company (Kenya) Limited

Britam is a leading diversified financial services group, listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange. The group has interests across the Eastern Africa region. The company offers a wide range of financial products and services in Insurance, Asset management, Banking and Property. The product range includes: life, health and general insurance, pensions, unit trusts, investment planning, wealth management, off-shore investments, retirement planning, discretionary portfolio management, property development and private equity.

For more information please contact: Muthoga Ngera, Director, Marketing and Corporate Affairs on email mngera@britam.co.ke or visit http://www.britam.co.ke.

63rd KCB Rally: Bringing Rally to the people

The 63rd KCB Safari Rally dubbed “Bringing Rally to the People” is here with us again and the interesting facet is that it has reverted back to its former identity that elicited immense excitement amongst its followers, on the Easter weekend.

What’s more, the event has made a sharp about-turn as after being identified as sprint event in the recent years, it’s now more of an endurance run-a rally akin to that of the 70’s when drivers tackled lengthy route courses.

This year’s event is not any different from the long distance aspect as crews have the enviable task of covering a mind-boggling 1000 Kilometres in an event that will traverse five counties including Nairobi, Kiambu, Laikipia, Meru and Machakos.

With the impending battle of man and machine, there has been an introduction of several road side services ostensibly because the mileage is bigger.

The rally in which Meru Forest will be in use will have Loldaiga as the longest stage at 54.77 kilometres while Meru ASK showground will be the shortest at 2.7 kilometres.

There will be five spectator stages of which three (Ngare Ndare, Lisa Ranch and Nkunga) will be park and walk alongside Meru ASK Showground and another at Machakos People’s Park which are expected to attract crowds in their hordes. Ngare Ndare is located after the turn-off of Timau, with Nkunga on Meru-Isiolo Road and Lisa Ranch in Konza, some 9 kilometres off Mombasa Road.

At the Meru ASK Showground spectators will be privileged to enjoy the KCB Cashless village where different games and food will be on offer and fans will be using alternative channels to pay for the games in the village.

“This is an opportunity for KCB customers to experience banking alternatives through our spectrum of cash less offering currently in the market.” said KCB Group Director Marketing and Communications Angela Mwirigi.

As Mount Kenya region which is rich in flora and fauna prepares to host what is easily the toughest event in the Kenya National Rally Championships (KNRC) calendar, the Safari Rally will play a significant role in promoting sports tourism.

The rally will be flagged off at traditional landmark Kenyatta International Conference Centre on Easter Friday 3rd April 2015 where the first driver will roll off the ramp at the KICC at 9.00 a.m.

Drivers will then tackle a 69.50 Kilometres of liaison distance through to Konza Service where they will have a privilege of 10 minutes given to service their vehicles. They will then head back to the refuel zone at Konza before tackling their first stage of 39.55 Kilometres stage at Lisa Ranch. They will return to Konza refuel stage for the third time after which they will tackle a 5.90 Kilometres stage at Machakos People’s Park then head to refuel zone before repeating the Lisa Ranch section with a 45 minute service after the Lisa Ranch stage will be given to drivers before heading back to Nairobi where they will assemble at KICC for overnight perce ferme.

Day two on April 4 which will be a Saturday will see the combatants restart at 5.30 pm and then head for refuel first at Shell Petrol Station on Thika Road and Shell Petrol Station in Karatina. The next destination is a road side service just before the Legetia start and they will do five stages including Lengetia, Loldaiga, Ngare Ndare, Nkunga and ASK Meru Spectator Stage, covering the day’s total of 420.92 kilometres of which 125.92 kilometres will be competitive.

Day three which will be the last will literally be a test of nerves and skills for drivers as they will cover 10 stages, which is not for the faint-hearted. At ASK showground, they will make two repeats then make a second run of Loldaiga, once each in Kisima and Kibirichia stage make a second run of Nkunga before proceeding to Meru Forest.

Crews will be covering a mammoth cumulative total of 1042.66 kilometres. From the total mileage, 364 kilometres will be competitive while 678 kilometres will be liaison distance. With drivers rubbing their hands with glee ahead of the rally, former British and Finn champion Tapio Laukkanen is certainly one of those to watch. Laukkanen leads the KNRC series and is expected to bring a touch of class albeit with stiff challenge from Safari Rally defending champion Baldev Chager, Ian Duncan, Rajbir Rai and four-times champion Carl Tundo.

Chager has two Safari titles under his belt, which is three shy of the ones collected by legendary Shekhar Mehta, but clinching the third one is not too much to ask given his alluring form lately.

It will also be interesting to observe what’s up the sleeves of Duncan who will be unveiling a new car, a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 10. A protracted battle looms in other categories including 2WD, S Class, SPV, Division 1, 2 and 3.

Further afield, there is a blood rivalry among the family of Frank Tundo and his children Carl and Tash. The older Tundo has seen rally technology morph through different guises and is tipped to give the young turks a run for their money. There is also a sibling partnership between Khan brothers Aslam and Arshad who have a combined cockpit age of over 110 years.

The prize giving will be held at the Meru ASK showground on 5th March 2015.